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Colonial Christmas Open House 2011

when: Dec. 3, 2011

The annual Colonial Christmas Open House took place on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission was free, and donations were gratefully accepted. The buildings were decorated with traditional greenery and will reflected the very different way in which colonists and early Americans celebrated the Christmas holiday. Information about the house and grounds wsd offered by costumed docents; re-enactors demonstratef scenes of 18th-century life; the sounds of live music filled the air; and other interpreters entertained children and adults with colonial games, crafts, and other activities through the “Hands-on History” program.

The gift shop was open with a great choice of inexpensive gifts, many under $12, for both young and not so young, and the annual bake sale featured delicious local specialties and traditional delights.


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What visitors say

Thank you for the excellent tour of the Joel Lane House.  I learned a lot about the history of Raleigh as well as the Joel Lane House.  I learned how harsh conditions were back then and how we take for granted things they did not have back then.  The structure of houses has really changed a lot since the Joel Lane House was built.

Matt